After two turns as an amusing Supreme Being, George Burns proves to be an equally diverting demon in Oh God! You Devil. Director Paul Bogart and writer Andrew Bergman have let Burns loose as Lucifer and relegated Burns as God to little more than a cameo.
Bergman’s plot is unashamedly Faustian: struggling musician Ted Wass is desperate for the break that will bring happiness and afford parenthood for him and wife Roxanne Hart. Bad Burns picks up Wass’ wail and a deal is soon struck. Burns switches him with an already reigning rock star (Robert Desiderio) whose own pact with the devil has run out.
Unhappily, the story didn’t need to get this involved and it winds up constantly trying to pull the picture apart, working against the comedy. By the time Burns as God heeds Wass’ plea for salvation, it’s almost too much for even Him to iron out satisfactorily.
Ron Silver does an excellent rendition of a hotshot record company executive and Eugene Roche is delightful as the hopeless agent who’s originally in charge of Wass’ failing career.